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Power is required for all our servers, desktops, and other electronic devices to operate.

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I was doing some simple hand benchmarking on our (live) database server during non-peak hours, and I noticed that queries returned somewhat erratic benchmark results. I had enabled the "Balanced" pow …
asked Dec 14 '09 by Jeff Atwood
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I have seen some very, very bad server interactions when you plug a UPS into another UPS, and run a server off it. In our specific case, the server had a clock that ran ridiculously fast, as in, it w …
answered Jun 21 '09 by Jeff Atwood
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It would be very, very hard to tell as so much of power consumption depends on the specifics of your server hardware. That said, I highly recommend every sysadmin have a wattmeter in their toolkit, l …
answered May 26 '10 by Jeff Atwood
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I did some stats on this a while ago FWIW, using the handy dandy kill-a-watt.. Typical Developer Dell PC (2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM, 10k RPM 74 GB main hard drive, 7200 RPM 500 GB data drive, Rad …
answered May 1 '09 by Jeff Atwood
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Even within batches of the same processor, there will be differences in power load. In the overclocking community it's widely known that you can get "good" CPUs and "bad" CPUs. The bad ones generate …
answered Jul 18 '13 by Jeff Atwood
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Some information from Microsoft (Word Doc format, unfortunately) Improve Energy Efficiency and Manage Power Consumption with Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2008 is more energy efficient ov …
answered Dec 14 '09 by Jeff Atwood